Everyone has advice for new parents: get sleep now is usually the big one. The piece of advice nobody says, though, is that you may never shower alone again. At least for a few years. When it starts, you have a newborn. It takes at least a week and spit up left in your hair for a day before you realize you showered two Wednesdays ago. Then, the baby screams if you leave her. This continues for a year until she just starts stripping and jumping in with you. There are, though, a few tips for getting that well deserved shower. There is nothing quite so refreshing – and deserving – for a new Momma.
Showering with an Infant
During the newborn and infant stages, remembering to take a shower may be your biggest challenge. If this is your issue, you may want to set a reminder in your phone. Many babies, though, simply don’t allow their parents to take a shower. Instead, they demand your attention at all times. Feedings, diaper changes, spit up, cuddles, finding five minutes to get sudsy is difficult. If you are struggling with this, you may find it easier using one of these tips
Showering with a Toddler
Showering with a toddler often becomes more difficult, especially if you have a light sleeper. Suddenly, naps and evenings are no longer available. Everyone told you to put on a movie. They did not mention that after one minute of shower bliss, a naked toddler would be pushing your legs while claiming the water. If you are struggling with a toddler and a movie doesn’t cut it, you may want to
Every parent deserves that 10 to 15 minutes by themselves to take a shower. Yes, you can shower with your toddler, too. It is not the same. If you are struggling to get that much needed break, don’t be afraid to give it to the one thing you know your baby wants. Whether it is a favorite toy, movie, or game, the peace a shower can bring you is well worth it. Not only will your body be clean, but your mind will be refreshed as well.
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